Get Your Physical Today at ConvenientMD
At ConvenientMD, we know there are a variety of reasons why patients might need a physical exam. From school & sports physicals to pre-employment screenings and general health maintenance exams, all of our clinics in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts offer thorough physicals to patients of all ages without ever needing to make an appointment. It’s a fast, flexible and convenient approach to staying healthy.
What Do Physicals Detect?
While the results of a physical can depend upon the reason for a specific visit, examinations usually involve a thorough head to toe exam of all the major body systems.. Depending on the patient’s age, sex, weight/height and current health problems, further follow-up with your PCP may be recommended for certain tests—such as cholesterol, pap smear, mammogram etc.— to rule out potential health concerns. Sports physicals in particular tend to focus on the patient’s physical fitness and ability to play certain sports without risk of illness or injury.
Types of Physical and Screening Exams Requested by Employers:
Pre-employment: Pre-employment physicals help employers across a wide range of industries determine the physical wellness of candidates and are often ordered prior to offer acceptance. Typical pre-employment physicals include alcohol and drug testing, evaluation of hearing, vision and strength, and a thorough review of the individual’s medical history. All tests are conducted on site at every ConvenientMD location in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts—no appointments necessary.
- DOT: Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examinations are physicals necessitated by federal law for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (DMVs). ConvenientMD’s FMCSA-accredited treating providers perform thorough DOT physicals for walk-in patients, covering all requirements necessary for obtaining a CDL medical license.
- Fit for Duty: Fit For Duty testing is often ordered by employers seeking confirmation that a worker can perform specific job responsibilities in a safe and productive manner. They help ensure workplace safety and are especially important for employees who are returning to work after sustaining an injury. Fit for duty physicals allow for compliance with regulations such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines.
- X-ray: Approximately 70% of all Americans get medical x-rays annually. All ConvenientMD locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine are outfitted with state-of-the-art x-ray equipment for high-resolution imaging. X-rays use very small amounts of radiation to provide detailed representations of broken bones and other potential medical issues, resulting in extremely useful information for recommending a treatment plan. Our providers order x-rays only when necessary, and all testing is done on site.
- Audiometry (Non-OSHA): Non-OSHA audiometric exams are conducted to test a patient’s ability to hear sounds at varying frequencies. They can be instrumental in determining whether or not hearing loss has been sustained and are often necessary for those who work in industries where exposure to noise pollution is common, such as construction and manufacturing. Audiometric hearing tests may be performed as part of a pre-employment exam or annually to ensure employees are not suffering hearing loss as a result of being on the job.
- Spirometry Testing: Spirometry testing is performed to evaluate lung function. It works by measuring the volume and speed at which a patient is able to move air in and out of the lungs while breathing into a mouthpiece attached to special equipment called a spirometer. Numerous measurements can be taken with a single spirometry test, including forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1). A spirometry test at ConvenientMD can help identify or track the progression of certain types of lung disease.
- EKGs: An electrocardiogram (EKG) test measures the heart’s electrical activity and may be ordered in the presence of symptoms suggesting potential heart disease, such as chest pain, shortness of breath and fainting/dizziness. The test provides information about the rhythms of the heart and looks for abnormalities such as fast, slow and irregular heartbeats. EKGs are sometimes included as part of a thorough annual physical exam, though they’re more typically ordered on an as-needed basis. All ConvenientMD locations offer EKG testing without the need to make an appointment beforehand.
- Biometric Screening: Biometric screening, also commonly referred to as “biometric assessment” is used to identify potential health problems that may contribute to issues with workplace safety. The process provides a baseline assessment of an individual’s overall health, including factors such as height, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure measurements. Patients are evaluated for risk factors of sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other potential health problems, including clinical obesity. As these tests can help save time and money for employers (as well as prevent potential accidents on the job), they are often ordered as part of pre-employment procedures.
Who Needs a Physical?
It’s generally recognized as a best practice to get one physical exam each year for health maintenance reasons. In many cases, physicals are also required for participation in team sports, new employment opportunities camp enrollment and for certain extracurricular activities. If you can’t remember the last time you had a physical, you’re more than likely due for one.
What to Expect at Your Physical Exam
During your physical exam, a provider will typically begin by your medical history, allergies to medications and various other factors; a history of smoking, diet, exercise and alcohol consumption may also be discussed. From there, vital signs and general appearance are checked, and thorough physical exam is performed. Men and women may have specific additions to their exams if indicated—testicular and breast exams, as examples—and lab work may be ordered to confirm or rule out any medical concerns.
Visit ConvenientMD for a Full Physical Today!
At ConvenientMD, we believe there’s nothing more important than maintaining an accurate vision of one’s own health. Whether it be for general reasons or more specific like a school or sports physical, we offer thorough examinations designed to help you meet your personal, scholastic and professional health-related goals.
Visit ConvenientMD today for your next physical—just walk right into any of our locations without ever needing an appointment!